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Is parasite resistance/susceptibility genetic?

My keeper buckling from this year has not matured anywhere near how I wanted. He’s had 2 rounds of treatment for coccidiosis, just treated tapeworms, and now has dog poo like poop again. He looked so good as a baby but I’m so disappointed in how he has matured. We keep everything clean and have never had issues like this before. The other buckling/wether he’s in with haven’t had any issues, though due to their age we’ve treated everyone each time this guy had problems. His sire is our goat who had really bad mite issues this past winter, so I’m wondering if there is a genetic component. His twin sister looks amazing and is our nicest doeling from this years kid crop, so maybe he got the short end of the genetic stick.

I’m pretty sure we’re going to wether him at this point. I don’t want to pass on bad genes, especially with a buck.
 

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Is he getting free choice minerals?

Copper deficiency can cause worm load to explode.

Do a fecal for cocci and worms.

If he had cocci when he was younger and it was not treated quickly enough, he may have stomach damage so he cannot absorb nutrients and grow, plus keep weight on.
 

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He’s the big belly goat. Free choice minerals always (Purina Wind, Rain, and Storm mixed with Southern States Beef mineral), copper bolused, was on cocci prevention but got it anyway, took him to the vet where said to do longer course for cocci when had dog poo logs again.

It just seems like it’s one thing after another with him and if this has a genetic component I don’t want to pass it on.
 

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There is no need to give cocci treatment longer than 5 days.
Did the vet do a fecal to say it was indeed cocci? Over treatment is not good on the goat if it is not the issue.
Hard on their rumens.

If the goat indeed had cocci, using what you have already used wont work, being extended, if it didn't the first time, switching cocci treatment would be a better alternative, if the goat is fecal tested and does have cocci.
 

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We’ll wether him. My husband has been thinking that way for a couple weeks now. I want to make sure we’re only breeding strong goats, not breeding known problems. He’s a sweet boy, and quite pretty so he’ll make someone a good weed eater or pet. I won’t put him up for sale until his immune system is stronger though and he’s not having these issues.
 
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